Community Venues



Many of your concerns are shared by other people. We have compiled a list of the most frequent questions we answer on a daily basis.

  • I own a small business. How do I become a certified vendor for the County?

    Visit the Bexar County purchasing website by clicking here and complete the bidder's application or contact the Purchasing Department at (210) 335-2211.

  • How are the projects being monitored?

    Commissioners Court provides oversight and is charged with making the actual fiscal allocations based on each initiatives agreement with the County. In addition, the Commissioners Court also appointed Citizen Advisory Committees. One group for each of the three study areas:

    • River Improvements
    • Amateur Sports
    • Cultural Arts

  • Are my property taxes or county sales tax going to increase to pay for this program?

    No, the venue projects are funded by a tax of 1.75% for hotel/motel rooms and 5% for vehicle rental tax.

  • How long will the tax be collected?

    Until the bonds are paid out estimated to be about 30 to 40 years.

  • I am a resident of Bexar County, will I be charged the tax if I rent a car or stay in a local hotel?

    If you rent short-term, yes you will pay the tax of 1.75% for hotel/motel rental and 5% for vehicle rental these taxes will not apply to long-term rentals.

  • Who will own and operate the venues?

    • Amateur Sports - Each organization will own and manage the facilities independently.

    • San Antonio River - Is community owned and will be managed and operated by (SARA) San Antonio River Authority.

    • Community Arenas - Bexar County owns them, the AT&T Center is managed and operated by the Spurs, Freeman is managed and operated by the (CAB) Citizens Advisory Board and the Barns are managed and operated by (SALE) San Antonio Livestock Exposition Inc.

    • Cultural Arts Venues - The City of San Antonio transferred ownership of Municipal Auditorium to the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation in July 2008. The Foundation will manage and operate the center. The Alameda and Briscoe will manage and operate their own facilities.

  • What is the end result of the voters passing the 4 initiatives?

    The $415 million venue bonds voters passed generates almost 3/4 of a billion dollars worth of projects that benefit all citizens of Bexar County.